Cognitive Compass LLC
“When you feel helpless, help someone.” – Aung San Suu Kyi
Madelaine Sayko has been an advocate for people with disabilities for many years. Her company, Cognitive Compass, was formed to address return-to-work issues, particularly for those with cognitive, neurological, and psychological disabilities. As President, Ms. Sayko’s work at Cognitive Compass is directed towards improving employment outcomes for challenged individuals in both the veteran and civilian community.
Ms. Sayko’s professional background includes several decades of executive management in technology development and healthcare systems. Ms. Sayko has helped found technology start-ups and has worked for both major corporations and as an independent contractor. Currently Ms. Sayko sits on the board of The Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania (ABIN-Pa) and is the Community Education Coordinator for Delaware County, Pennsylvania. In this role Ms. Sayko recently produced a public symposium that included brain injury topics relating to services for veterans, the preponderance of brain injury among the homeless, the growing issue of brain injury in the elderly and educational programs for children.
One of the key issues in Ms. Sayko’s presentations is the return on investment from implementing comprehensive return-to-work programs. Ms. Sayko is also actively working to foster better collaboration among organizations that provide services to individuals with brain injury.
Ms. Sayko authored a significant portion of the ABIN-Pa peer-to-peer training manual: Building a New Life After Brain Injury, and is a contributor to the brain injury guidebook: You Look Great, by John C. Byler. Ms. Sayko has also written a caregivers guide that was used in brain injury training for social workers, and is a regular contributor to web forums on brain injury. Ms. Sayko served on the Governor’s Brain Injury Recovery Task Force as Chair for Cross Collaboration of Services, and as a representative on the Stakeholders Committee.
Her other public outreach roles include co-managing Brain Injury – Ideas for Education and Advocacy (BI-FEA), an online forum for brain injury researchers, providers, survivors, and educators. Ms. Sayko has presented on brain injury and related topics at the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) annual conference, in a webinar for the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC), and other public forums. Ms. Sayko also provides consultation services in patient navigation.
Ms. Sayko has a BA degree in Psychology and is currently working on her masters in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Sayko resides in Pennsylvania and is the parent of a daughter who is a student at Northwestern University. CC